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DJ Shadow & Cut ChemistRenegades Of Rhythm – DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist Play Afrika Bambaataa (tour book) ... Book
Boo Hooray, 2014. New Copy ... $38.99 39.98
A sweet little tour book commemorating DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist's Renegades Of Rhythm tour – in which the duo of modern live DJ masters honor pioneer Afrika Bambaataa! The most incredible fact about the tour itself, is that Shadow and Chemist don't just spin records that Bambaataa himself spun back in the day, but they're literally spinning Bambaataa's own record collection – having been granted access by the man himself. The book is great, with text by DJ Shadow, Cut Chemist AND Afrika Bambaataa, done in kind of a DIY style that makes it all the more appealing – with a beautiful hand silk-screened cover with by Paul Insect, and featuring full color scans of many of the actual records, some rare old Bambaataa gig flyers and lots more! Book
(Limited to 2500 copies. Hand silk-screened cover with art by Paul Insect.)
 
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All Music GuideOld School Rap & Hip Hop ... Book
AMG, 2008. New Copy ... $4.99 16.95
A guide to essential Old School Rap & Hip Hop from team at the indespensible All Music Guide – featuring more than 500 music reviews of important records by Grandmaster Flash, Run-DMC, NWA, Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy and so much more – plus reviews on soul and funk LPs that were instrumental in the creation of hip hop, from ESG, The Emotions, Gil Scott-Heron, Marva Whitney and many more! The book is divided into 2 parts, The Roots Of Rap and Digging In The Crates, and organized alphabetically. Paperback, 166 pages, with several reviews per page. Book

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Roger Bennett & Josh KunAnd You Shall Know Us By The Trail Of Our Vinyl – The Jewish Past As Told By The Records We Have Loved & Lost (hardcover) ... Book
Crown, 2008. New Copy ... $3.99 24.95
A really cool look at Jewish album covers – with commentary by some great writers! It's got art decades old albums, many of which aren't in print or available commercially in any format – from the 40s to 80s. Features commentary by Aimee Bender, Etgar Keret, Shalom Auslander and others, performers including Sandra Bernhard and Lamont Dozier, plus critics Oliver Wang, Anne Powers and TV legend Norman Lear. Hardcover, 240 pages. Book

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Russ Bestley & Alex OggArt Of Punk – The Illustrated History Of Punk Rock Design (hardcover) ... Book
Voyageur, 2012. New Copy ... $6.99
The young Johnny Rotten would have winced at the idea of a punk rock art book – but given the underground nature of the movement in its classic years, and the countless lost relics from the scene, we're more than happy to treasure this hefty, full color volume! The book is a treasure trove of materials – like getting a peek at the collection of one of your friends who's ultra-cool, but will never let you get close to his records – and the book is filled with hundreds and hundreds of full color images of 45 sleeves, album covers, and even flyers and gig posters too – not just from the UK and US, but the full global scene as well. Almost all the material is from the classic late 70s/early 80s years – and even if you've got one hell of a record collection, there's plenty more great stuff here too – including some especially great images of posters for local gigs. The book offers up full details on each image – source, artist, and more – and the whole thing is 224 pages, full color, and nicely oversized. Book

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Ivan Brunetti, edAnthology Of Graphic Fiction Vol 2– Cartoons & True Stories (hardcover) ... Book
Yale University Press, 2008. New Copy ... $6.99 28.00
An amazing collection – and one that features work from just about every hip alternative comic artist of the past 30 years! The volume's heavy on work from the Raw generation onward – and although there's a few vintage bits here by Windsor McCay, Harvey Kurtzman, and Fletcher Hanks, most of the contents are from generations of artists who start in the Art Spiegelman years of the 70s, and move up through the contemporary work of Drawn & Quarterly and Fantagraphics! There's a whopping 400 pages in the book – both black and white and full color comics from the likes of Spiegelman, Robert Crumb, Drew Friedman, Mark Beyer, Kaz, Archer Prewitt, Richard Sala, Chris Ware, Seth, Lynda Barry, Debbie Dreschler, Chester Brown, Joe Sacco, Carrie Golus, Jeffrey Brown, Joe Matt, Charles Burns, and countless others! 400 pages, hardcover, in color and black and white. Book

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Brendan Burford, edSyncopated – An Anthology Of Nonfiction Picto Essays ... Book
Villard, 2009. New Copy ... $4.99 16.95
Non-fiction comics at their best – a really great little book that features a range of different material, all of it great! We're not familiar with most of the artists here, but the work is wonderful – and ranges from personal to historical to situational stories – including a history of postcards, a look at contemporary Coney Island, a meeting with a 60s photographer, and many other tales from the personal lives of the artists. The drawing is great, and the storytelling even better – very mature, fully-formed stuff – from artists who include Jim Campbell, Brendan Burford, Paul Karasik, Alec Longstreth, Dave Kiersh, Nate Powell, Nick Bertozzi, and others. Book is 153 pages, softcover, and black and white. Book

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James M CainCocktail Waitress (hardcover) ... Book
Hard Case Crime, 1975. New Copy ... $3.99 23.99
A great lost novel from James M Cain – the author who gave us pulp classics like Double Indemnity, Postman Always Rings Twice, and Mildred Pierce! The book was written in Cain's later years – before his death in 1977 – and sees publication here for the first time ever, in a really great package that has a vintage paperback feel that really matches the spirit of Cain's prose. The story's got a classic Cain-styled setup – a widow has to work as a cocktail waitress to support her child, then finds herself caught between a young hustlers and a wealthy older man – with everything spinning out of control in a gritty web of sex and death. 270 pages, hardcover, and with a bonus essay that puts the book in historical context. Book
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Gary Calamar & Phil GalloRecord Store Days – From Vinyl To Digital & Back Again (paperback) ... Book
Sterling, 2010. New Copy ... $10.99 14.99
Somebody's finally gone out and written a book about one subject we can really get behind – the Record Store – and not only that, they've done a beautiful job with the entire package too! The book takes a look at the importance of the record store – not just historically, but culturally as well – with an especially important focus on the need for stores in the digital age, as a way of keeping both the music, and interest in the music, alive and well for generations to come! As you might guess from the subtitle, authors Calamar and Gallo have a bit of an agenda in their portrait – but they really pave the way with some great recollections of record stores past, incredible bits not just from folks who owned and worked in stores, but also from famous shoppers, artists, and collectors too. And even cooler, the book is filled with lots of great photographs – wonderful images of old stores in color and black and white, plus lots of great sidebar bits that help draw a focus on key issues in record retail. If you, like us, get a bit of a rush every time you walk into a record store, then you'll be sure to get an equal rush from this book – a wonderful tome that's one we can send home to our parents, and finally show them we've got a career worth a bit of respect! 238 pages, hardcover, and really beautifully done. Book

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Martha CamarilloFletcher Street (hardcover) ... Book
Powerhouse Books, 2006. New Copy ... $6.99 39.95
A beautiful portrait of Fletcher Street in Philadelphia – an inner city street with the same issues as many others – poverty, crumbling housing stock, neglect – yet one with a difference, too, as its residents board and ride horse within the neighborhood! The tale of Fletcher Street is one of hope – as photographs that might normally document a site of loss and frustration are instead presented as moments of pride and empowerment – with a stunningly unique aesthetic of inner city kids riding horses through the ghetto. Done in the same great style as other photo books on Powerhouse, but with a real difference – and an oversized volume that features full color images throughout. Book

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Captain VideoCaptain Video Collected Works – Issues 1 to 6 – February to December 1951(hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 2013. New Copy ... $9.99 48.00
Crazy comics from the early days of TV – the surprisingly great Captain Video comic, done in support of the campy television show of the same name! The book presents the first six issues of the rare comic book – all with great color reproductions, and a vividness that surpasses any vintage issues you might find – if you can afford them at all! And the stories and art are way better than you might guess – as the comic came from Fawcett, home of Captain Marvell and some other top-shelf publications – and not just a quickie knockoff press. Comics legend Roy Thomas provides great context for the material in his introduction – and the long issues feature excellent artwork by George Evans, who'd later do more famous horror material for EC Comics. The book is full color, hardcover, with heavy paper – almost 300 pages in length, and even features all the original ads from the comics too! Book

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Michael ChabonTelegraph Avenue (hardcover) ... Book
Harper, 2012. New Copy ... $6.99 27.98
Michael Chabon takes a dip into our own little slice of the universe – by setting this book in a fictious record store in Oakland, California! Chabon's version of the record store isn't exactly like our own experience here at Dusty Groove – maybe more in the High Fidelity side of the spectrum – as the small indie Brokeland Records braces for impact from a larger megastore opening nearby. But the life of the store is only a small slice of the story – because, as usual with Chabon, the real strength of the book is its sense of character – from the owner of the store to the cast of characters in the Oakland scene. And while Chabon might be a bit stiff with some of his funk and soul references, our props still go out to him for giving that world the same sort of play he gave to comics in The Amazing Adventures Of Kavalier & Clay. 465 pages, hardcover edition. Book
(Please note: These copies have a very small remainder mark on the spine.)

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Samuel ChartersLanguage Of Song – Journeys In The Musical World Of The African Diaspora ... Book
Duke University Press, 2009. New Copy ... $6.99 25.98
Samuel Charters is up there with a handful of key figures in the 20th Century who helped preserve and expose a rich vein of American musical tradition – especially folk, blues, and gospel – and his work as both a writer and collector have helped shape our understanding of music for decades! This book features a series of essays by Charters on various scenes he's experienced – including an ear-opening trip to West Africa, plus stretches in Jamaica, Trinidad, The Bahamas, New Orleans, Cuba, Harlem, and the Georgia Sea Islands. Through these individual portraits, Charters traces a rich diaspora of African musical tradition – as roots and styles evolve over the years into countless new levels of expression. 352 pages, softcover, with some black and white images. Book

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Claw MoneyBombshell – The Life & Crimes Of Claw Money (hardcover) ... Book
Powerhouse Books, 2006. New Copy ... $5.99 35.00
Claw Money came a bit late to the scene during the famous graffiti years in New York, but she more than made up for that with a huge scope of expression that went way beyond alleys and subways – almost creating a special brand for herself during his key stretch in the late 80s and early 90s! Those years are summed up here beautifully, in a host of photographs of Claw's work, life, and scene – in images from Martha Cooper, Stretch Armstrong, Bobbito Garcia, West One, and many others – laid out in lavish, large, full color prints – similar to the excellent Powerhouse books that feature the work of Martha Cooper. Full color, hardcover, and very well done! Book

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Brian ColemanCheck The Technique Vol 2 – More Liner Notes For Hip Hop Junkies (paperback) ... Book
Wax Facts Press, 2014. New Copy ... $25.99 27.98
Golden age of hip hop historian Brian Coleman's second Check The Technique tome – the in-depth stories behind some of the greatest records of the 80s and early 90s – an even greater collection than the first volume! Coleman's approach is straight-forward and direct – chronicling a choice selection of 25 bonafide classic albums, breaking them down track-by-track, peppered by interviews with the artists, producers and other principle personalities behind the work, for the most honest histories that Coleman can get. Volume 2 uses a broader time frame than the previous collection, going as far back as 1981's Wild Style Breakbeats, and as recent as the late 90s for Mos Def & Talib Kweli's Black Star and The Coup's Steal This Album. Other records discussioned include The Cactus Album by 3rd Bass, A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing by Black Sheep, The Sun Rises In The East by Jeru The Damaja, Mantronix The Album, Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Links, Stetsasonic In Full Gear, Stunts, Blunts & Hip Hop by Diamond & The Psychotic Neurotics and more. Like the author's Check The Technique Vol 1 and Rakim Told Me, it's vital hip hop history, breezily readable and engrossing as can be. 525 paperback pages, and each chapter includes photos of the artists, the records and associated singles, and other choice historical tidbits. Essential! Book
(Initial copies are signed by author Brian Coleman! Quantities extremely limited – get 'em while we got em!)

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Martha Cooper & Nika KramerWe B Girlz (paperback) ... Book
Powerhouse Books, 2005. New Copy ... $4.99 24.95
A wonderful snapshot of female hip hop culture from Martha Cooper – a work that's sort of a companion piece to her collection that make up the essential book Hip Hop Files! We B*Girlz is all about the modern B-Girlz scene that has grown from the B Boys era that defined the mid 80s culture – focusing on Girlz that are building legacies from the Bronx to LA, from San Francisco to Rhode Island, from Germany to the Netherlands and points beyond. Text handled by Nika Kramer. Paperback, 156 pages, and bursting with color photos! Book

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John CorbettSun Ra & Aye Aton – Space, Interiors, & Exteriors 1972 ... Book
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2013. New Copy ... $4.99 27.99
Amazing images from the universe of Sun Ra – a mixture of rare photographs and mural images painted by Aye Aton – sometime percussionist with the Arkestra, and a heck of a great painter too! The book begins with these stunning full color photographs of Ra on the set of Space Is The Place – images from 1972 that echo the cover of the album of the same name, but which feature a costumed Ra in a number of different settings – including a few parking lot shots that make him look like a true visitor from the cosmos, briefly walking on our planet! The bigger second half of the book features photographs of murals painted by Aton (who's also known as Robert Underwood) – all of them spacey and trippy, and in a similar spirit to the Saturn Records album covers – except these were all painted on walls and ceilings, in very vivid colors. Aye painted many images in the Arkestra commune in Philly – and other paintings appear to be from the south side of Chicago – and all work here is seen by the wider public for the first time ever. Archivist John Corbett provides an essay with the book to situate the work – and the whole thing's a vivid visual treat for any fan of Sun Ra! Book

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New Thomas Denenberg, edBackstage Pass – Rock & Roll Photography ... Book
Yale University Press, 2008. New Copy ... $5.99 29.95
A beautiful collection of vintage rock photographs, with a heavy focus on the 60s and 70s – wrapped up in a really lovely volume that also includes essays by Greil Marcus and a few photographers – in support of these gorgeous shots of artists who range from David Bowie to Johnny Cash, to The Supremes, Beastie Boys, Chet Baker, James Brown, Deborah Harry, B-52s, Iggy Pop, Kiss, Labelle, Lou Reed, and dozens and dozens of others! There's no overarching theory to the book, just a focus on really well-done, really striking photographs from a number of different photographers – over 100 images in all, wrapped up in a great oversized book with heavy paper that offers great reproductions of the color and black and white images. Book

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New Peter DoggettMan Who Sold The World – David Bowie & The 1970s (hardcover) ... Book
HarperCollins, 2012. New Copy ... $4.99 26.99
A deep look at the most important musical decade for David Bowie – a time of great change, major stardom, and constant reinvention – laid out in a very unique way! Instead of focusing on the star image and celebrity of Bowie, Peter Doggett goes straight to the work – and lays out Bowie's 70s on a song-by-song, album-by-album basis – not with simple reviews or rehashes of things you can hear on record, but instead by offering up insights as to the composition, creation, and circulation of the music as it was made. The book dissects over 250 songs, and has essays and other historical detail interspersed throughout – and the heavy volume is almost 500 pages in length, with no photos – which gives you an idea of the depths to which it goes! Book

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New Eric DregniLet's Go Bowling! (hardcover) ... Book
Crestline, 2013. New Copy ... $8.99 21.99
A glorious tribute to the world of bowling – filled with loads and loads of vintage images – including advertisements, posters, and lots of bowling alley propaganda! We're huge fans of bowling alleys – from the taverns inside, which are often hidden gems – to the well-waxed lanes, which provide hours of fun – to the overall culture of the place, which can stand as an island in both the streams of time and local change! This book gets at all that charm, and more – and offers up some history of the sport and its big rise in post-war America – all with a great style that really lives up to the retro image on the cover. 128 pages, full color, and hardcover. Book

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Michael Dregni, edRockabilly – The Twang Heard Round The World – The Illustrated History (hardcover) ... Book
Voyageur, 2011. New Copy ... $6.99 30.00
A beautiful book on 50s rockabilly – presented at a level that's as vivid as the music itself! The volume culls together writings by Griel Marcus, Luc Sante, Peter Guaralnick, Robert Gordon, and others – and also features interviews with Wanda Jackson, Carl Perkins, Charlie Feathers, Sonny Burgess, Bily Riley, and others – all spun out over these really lovely full color pages that are full of images of vintage records, concert performances, artist photos, and lots lots more. There's even coverage of some contemporary rockabilly artists, but most of the book is on vintage material – and the whole thing feels like one of those great books from a Bear Family box set – but even bigger and better-done overall. 232 pages, full color, and with a great die-cut hardcover on the front. Book

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Daniel Durchholz & Gary GraffNeil Young – Long May You Run – The Illustrated History (hardcover) ... Book
Voyageur, 2010. New Copy Book ... $8.99
A very vivid history of Neil Young – filled with photos from the 60s onward, as well as record covers, concert footage, and lots more too! The oversized volume is a great tribute to the changing face and musical styles of Young – and features more than 400 photos, plus rare posters, 7 inch sleeves, tickets, and lots more. The words are penned by music journalists Gary Graff and Daniel Durcholz – and the book also features a full discography of over 60 albums! 224 pages, full color, hardcover, and oversized. Book

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Wil EisnerComic Book Artist Vol 2 No 6 – Celebrating The Life & Legacy Of Will Eisner ... Book
Top Shelf, 2005. New Copy ... $4.99 14.95
A special issue of Comic Book Artist – dedicated to the (then) recently-departed Will Eisner – one of the greatest talents of the 20th Century! The issue features loads of images in color and black and white – including rare Eisner artwork, and tributes from artists who include Mike Allred, Jack Davis, Gilbert Hernandez, and dozens more – many of whom also share their thoughts on Eisner's work and influence. The book also features interviews with Will, and a number of other features on his legacy – and the whole thing is 252 pages, in color and black and white! Book

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Royston EllisGone Man Squared ... Book
Norton/Kicks, Late 50s/Early 60s/2013. New Copy ... $12.99 14.95
Whoa! The genius early writings of Beat inspired Brit lit/poetry legend Royston Ellis – the man who purportedly inspired The Beatles' "Paperback Writer" – compiled here, in paperback naturally, by our pulpy print heroes at Kicks Books! Royston would go on write novels and more, but early on he was a youthful rebel poet – one of the first figures to recite with a rock 'n' roll band backing him – and he inspired SO many writers and rockers to come! Gone Man Squared compiles the long out of print Jiving To Gyp and Rave collections, plus other select early work – and it's as incredibly cool as ever! Paperback, 128 pages – and featuring a forward by Jimmy Page! Book

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Royston EllisRush At The End ... Book
Norton/Kicks, 1966/2014. New Copy ... $12.99
A revised version of a legendary book from British paperback scribe Royston Ellis – a volume originally published in the late 60s, where its take of homosexual love in the London suburbs created quite a scandal! For this revised edition, Ellis has cleaned up his prose a bit – improving the overall story and its telling – while still keeping all the best swinging 60s language intact – including some of the naughty bits that must have been quite a risk to publish at the time! As always with books on Kicks, there's a real love of vintage paperbacks that's gone into the whole thing – from the words on the page, to the typeface of the printing, and the overall heft and feel of the book. 237 pages, softcover. Book

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Christa FaustChoke Hold ... Book
Hard Case Crime (UK), 2011. New Copy ... $2.99 9.95
A gripping thriller about a female killer who took down a sex slavery ring – then has to return to do one more job! Sounds like a thriller by Quentin Tarantino – who actually called Christa Faust "a Veronica in a world of Betties" (Archie fans will get the reference) – quite a compliment for this up-and-coming writer who's also worked as a filmmaker, model, and Times Square peep show girl! A strong hard-bolier in the Hard Case tradition – 251 pages, softcover. Book
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Forbidden WorldsForbidden Worlds Collected Works Vol 1 – Issues 1 to 5 – July/August 1951 to March/April 1952 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 2011. New Copy ... $9.99 48.00
One of the best-remembered comics from the pre-code generation – a landmark publication that offered up top-notch science fiction and horror – at a level that really rose the bar for the rest of the industry! The stories are all great – creepy, but with a real sense of structure that packs a hell of a lot into an eight to ten page story – and the art is wonderful – that vivid, striking style you'd only find in the best of the early 50s horror comics. The printing style here is great, too – heavy pages, lush color, and a mode that's far better to read than any yellowing old comics – and a fair bit less expensive too! This volume features five full issues, almost 300 pages in length, complete with all the original ads too – and artwork by the likes of Frank Frazetta, Al Camy, Al Williamson, Wally Wood, Ken Bald, Lou Cameron, and others. Book

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Forbidden WorldsForbidden Worlds Collected Works Vol 2 – Issues 6 to 11 – May/June 1952 to November 1952 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 2012. New Copy ... $9.99 48.00
One of the best-remembered comics from the pre-code generation – a landmark publication that offered up top-notch science fiction and horror – at a level that really rose the bar for the rest of the industry! The stories are all great – creepy, but with a real sense of structure that packs a hell of a lot into an eight to ten page story – and the art is wonderful – that vivid, striking style you'd only find in the best of the early 50s horror comics. The printing style here is great, too – heavy pages, lush color, and a mode that's far better to read than any yellowing old comics – and a fair bit less expensive too! This volume features six full issues, over 250 pages in length, complete with all the original ads too – and artwork by the likes of Al Williamson, King Ward, Ken Bald, Lou Cameron, Harry Lazarus, Jay Disbrow, and others. Book

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Forbidden WorldsForbidden Worlds Collected Works Vol 3 – Issues 12 to 18 – December 1952 to June 1953 – Issues 12-18 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 2013. New Copy ... $9.99 48.00
One of the best-remembered comics from the pre-code generation – a landmark publication that offered up top-notch science fiction and horror – at a level that really rose the bar for the rest of the industry! The stories are all great – creepy, but with a real sense of structure that packs a hell of a lot into an eight to ten page story – and the art is wonderful – that vivid, striking style you'd only find in the best of the early 50s horror comics. The printing style here is great, too – heavy pages, lush color, and a mode that's far better to read than any yellowing old comics – and a fair bit less expensive too! This volume features seven full issues, almost 300 pages in length, complete with all the original ads too – and artwork by the likes of King Ward, Charles Quinlan, John Blummer, Sam Cooper, Harry Lazarus, and others. Book

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Freddy FreshFreddy Fresh Presents The Rap Records – Revised 2nd Edition ... Book
Freddy Fresh, 2007. New Copy Book ... $13.99 39.99
If you liked the first volume of this essential book, you'll love this revised edition – because it's almost 3 times bigger, and stuffed with great new features! The book's a lifetime labor of love for Freddy Fresh – an extensive discography that's got to be the most definitive book on early hip hop we've ever seen! The vintage of the titles listed in the book is 1979 to 1994 – and as Freddy says in the preface, there's a few records listed that may fall outside the rap genre or that time span, including some disco and electro numbers – but that's okay by us! The book's got tons of label scans – plus entries listed alphabetically by label and then in order by catalog number – and this exhaustive project reads like your dream want-list for years and years to come. Plus, in addition to the label and record listings, there's appendices with old school flyer scans, top picks from DJs and producers all over the globe, lists of resources for finding records and Freddy's own personal lists for records, including his "5 star" rated records, and songs and singles arranged by topic. An absolute must-have for any die hard fan of hip hop! Revised edition is 3 times bigger than the first one – 740 pages, with over 1500 new photos, and also features an updated section on bootlegs vs originals, New York City record store photos, info on overseas labels, an Ebay auction guide, a comprehensive cross-index, and lots more great bits. Book

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New Ruthann GodolleiHow To Create Your Own Gig Posters, Band T Shirts, Album Covers, & Stickers ... Book
Voyageur, 2013. New Copy ... $4.99 24.99
A great how-to book for the budding street marketing expert – a very colorful book that shows you how to put together shirts, album covers, stickers, and posters to present your music! The whole thing's almost more like an art book – as the larger pages are filled with images of work in many styles – but they're also interspersed with specific sections on different media, with basic instructions that show how you can approximate some of the images inside – with sections on screen printing, stamping, stencils, linocuts, and woodcuts – plus digital methods as well. Book is 160 pages, and full color! Book

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New Kim GordonPerforming/Guzzling (hardcover) ... Book
Rizzoli, 2010. New Copy ... $6.99 60.00
Surprisingly wonderful visual work from Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth – a lovely book of oversized color reproductions of her unique style of painting – which usually involves watercolor paints on either newspaper or tissue-like paper! The result is these weird, watery sort of images with colors shimmering softly next to each other, and interacting with the paper as well – all with an aesthetic that is quite different from Kim's music. The book is oversized, full color, hardcover, and hefty! Book
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James GossVinyl Lives On – Profiles of Musician Collectors and Record Store Owners (paperback) ... Book
Aventine, 2014. New Copy ... $12.99
The third volume of the great Vinyl Lives project from James Goss – a cat who was digging into the depths of vinyl collectors and fandom way before some of the more recent projects on the market! This time around, Goss still has lots of fresh territory to cover – with key features on legendary record stores like Mississippi Records, Other Music, Princeton Record Exchange, Aquarius, and Grimeys – plus digs into the collections of musicians and talents who include Henry Rollins, Bill Frisell, Billy Vera, Ursula 1000, and others! The range of coverage here is really great – and although Goss doesn't include photos or images, he more than makes up for that by some very vivid words from the store owners and collectors themselves. 187 pages, softcover. Book

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Robert GreenfieldLast Sultan – The Life & Times Of Ahmet Ertegun (hardcover) ... Book
Simon & Schuster, 2011. New Copy ... $6.99 30.00
The amazing story of Ahmet Ertegun – the driving force behind Atlantic Records, and a crucial figure in popular music in the 20th Century! Ahmet's story is the stuff of legend – and this book delivers the whole thing in stunning detail – from Ertegun's early years as the child of the Turkish ambassador, to his adolescent love of jazz and blues, to his launching Atlantic with his brother – initially to dominate the field of rhythm and blues, then jazz and soul, then even mainstream rock and roll! The hefty book is over 400 pages in length, and features a handful of black and white images too. Book
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Groove PresentsGroove Presents Rare Groove A to Z – Complete Edition (paperback) ... Book
Rittor (Japan), 2013. New Copy ... $34.99
An even-better volume of this amazing publication – a true treasure trove for fans of all things funky – and one of the coolest books of rare records we've ever seen! The Japanese book is a dictionary of rare groove classics from the 60s and 70s – listing hundreds of rare albums in alphabetical order, and featuring full color cover art, label and date information, and even a "rarity" meter – telling how hard it is to find the records! There's also reviews of each record, but written in Japanese – yet even without that information, there's plenty of great stuff here – and the visuals alone are worth the price of admission, as you'll find plenty here to guide your digging for rare albums for years to come. You'll also find some other cool features too – including a section on unreleased tracks from the 60s and 70s, which have come out in later years. Over 300 pages, full color images, and beautifully put together! Book

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David GrubbsRecords Ruin The Landscape – John Cage, The Sixties, & Sound Recording ... Book
Duke University Press, 2014. New Copy ... $18.99 23.95
One of the best-written books we've ever seen on music from the left side of the spectrum – from an artist we mostly know as a musician! David Grubbs has been making amazing sounds for years – first in Squirrel Bait, then in Gastr Del Sol, then more recently as a solo artist – but during most of that time, he's also been working as an academic, and one with a uniquely personal perspective on the world of creative music. This book is David's first, but it's also a masterpiece – a very readable tome that ties together a late 20th century history of art and music, recording and performance, and the role of each in the circulation of sounds that weren't designed to circulate – the things that happen when music of chance and improvisation get locked into the space of a recording. Grubbs covers John Cage, Tony Conrad, AMM, Henry Flynt, and many others – working with both their words and their music – then moving things into a more contemporary field of record collecting, digital sound, and the internet. The book is a far better read than most academic offerings of this type – and is bound to make big waves in years to come. 220 pages, softcover. Book

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Norman Hathaway & Dan NadelElectrical Banana – Masters Of Psychedelic Art (paperback) ... Book
Damiani, 2013. New Copy Book ... $28.99 39.95
Great trippy covers from the psychedelic heyday of the late 60s and early 70s – the kinds of records that really stood out in the racks at the time – and which still look great in our collections all these many years later! The volume doesn't just offer up straight record covers, but instead looks at the larger art world of the time – with images of original paintings, murals, and more – all to really illuminate work by artists who include Dudley Edwards, Martin Sharp, Heinz Edelmann, Marijke Koger, Teiichi Tanaami, Matin Klarwein, and Tadanori Yokoo. There's some really wonderful images in the book – which often augment our understanding of the artists' work on record covers – and the whole thing also includes interviews with each artist too. 208 pages, full color, softcover. Book

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Michael HayesDeadhead Forever (hardcover) ... Book
Running Press, 2001. New Copy ... $3.99 9.95
A surprisingly cool book of materials from the personal collection of a true fan of the Grateful Dead – rescued from obscurity in the back of a used 1968 Volkswagan bus! The book is laid out like a scrapbook, without any other supporting text, save what was written on the original pages next to the contents – which include loads of photos, tour schedules, articles, ticket stubs, drawings, album covers, tour memorabilia, and more – all sketching out the life of a roadbound Deadhead as he followed the group around for their famous live performances! Book is full color, oversize, and hardcover. Book

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Mike HeffleyNorthern Sun, Southern Moon – Europe's Reinvention Of Jazz (hardcover) ... Book
Yale University Press, 2005. New Copy Book ... $6.99 48.00
The story of the evolving history of European jazz – from its development in Scandinavia, Holland, England, France & Germany and its further spread – from author Mike Heffley. Heffley writes sections on the emancipation from formality, with players such as Mangelsdorff, Kuhn & Globokar, to the liberating sounds of Brotzmann, and beyond the international free jazz scene. Hardcover, 392 pages. Book

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HergeAdventures Of Tintin – Cigars Of The Pharaoh (hardcover) ... Book
Casterman, Late 30s/2006. New Copy ... $5.99 24.95
An early version of this classic adventure of Tintin the boy adventurer – reproduced here in the style of Herge's original serialized version of the tale, and not the later book! Tintin has his striking early look throughout – and although the drawings are more simple than later, there's a brilliance to their sense of economy and use of pen and ink – a quality of Herge's drawing that may well come through better than in his later color materials. Black and white, hardcover, 129 pages. Book

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HergeAdventures Of Tintin – Tintin In America (hardcover) ... Book
Casterman, Late 30s/2004. New Copy ... $5.99 24.95
An early version of this classic adventure of Tintin the boy adventurer – reproduced here in the style of Herge's original serialized version of the tale, and not the later book! Tintin has his striking early look throughout – and although the drawings are more simple than later, there's a brilliance to their sense of economy and use of pen and ink – a quality of Herge's drawing that may well come through better than in his later color materials. Black and white, hardcover, 129 pages. Book

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Todd HigniteArt Of Jaime Hernandez – The Secrets Of Life & Death (hardcover) ... Book
Abrams, 2010. New Copy ... $11.99 40.00
Magnificent art from the great Jamie Hernandez – our favorite half of Los Brothers Hermanos, known for their brilliant work on Love & Rockets! The volume is part art book, part critical essay – with very thoughtful material from Todd Hignite that not only fills in some key biographical information about Jamie (at least the parts you couldn't guess from his comics), but also places his groundbreaking work within a larger cultural context. The oversized book features both color and black and white material – including lots of sketches, original artwork, and even a reproduction of the La Maggie La Loca serial that ran in the New York Times. A must for any fan of Love & Rockets – hardcover, oversize, 221 pages, with color and black and white images. Book

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Laura HoptmanBrion Gysin – Dream Machine (hardcover) ... Book
Merrell, 2010. New Copy ... $8.99 39.95
A beautiful book that documents the overlooked legacy of Brion Gysin – contemporary and collaborator of William S Burroughs and other important beat figures – but also an artist with a vision that goes way beyond that initial moment! The book brings together a wealth of images of Gysin's creations – his paintings, photos, printed work, and even instructions for building your own version of his legendary dream machine – alongside historical details on Brion and key moments of his life, plus reflections on his importance by John Giorno, Genesis P Orridge, and others. A hefty museum book – 196 pages, full color, and hardcover! Book

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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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Gary HunterUrban Art – The World As A Canvas ... Book
Arcturus (UK), 2013. New Copy ... $4.99 14.95
Way more than graffiti, way more than Banksy, and instead a really great collection of urban art from around the globe – paintings, wall transformations, and a lot more – all presented here in very vivid color! The scope of work is really wonderful – especially since many of the artists do way more than just put an image up on the wall – and instead find a way to make their artwork interact with the building or city, often with a great sense of wit and creative freeplay. 128 pages, oversize, and full color. Book

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Quincy Jones & Bill GibsonQ On Producing – The Soul & Science Of Mastering Music & Work (hardcover) ... Book
Hal Leonard, 2010. New Copy Book & DVD ... $9.99 34.99
Quincy Jones tells all his secrets of the studio – working here in a really cool volume that details his production efforts on decades' worth of records – with a strong focus on some of the most special albums in his history, plus lots more details on the general production process too! Jones speaks not just on his own efforts, but all the many things that go into making a great album – from the musicians and singers, to the folks behind the studio wall too! The book is 302 pages, hardcover, with lots of photos – and also comes with a DVD of Quincy discussing some of his best recordings, favorite artists, and biggest hits! Book
(DVD features scenes of Quincy discussing the master recordings of his hits.)

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Vernon JoynsonTapestry Of Delights Revisited – The Ultimate Guide To UK Rock & Pop Of The Beat, R&B, Psychedelic, & Progressive Eras (2 volume edition) ... Book
Borderline, 2014. New Copy 2 Volume Hardound Se ... $266.99 299.99
The ultimate version of the most complete reference on psychedelia ever compiled – the legendary Tapestry Of Delights – served up here in an oversized, two volume, hardcover version – limited to only 600 copies in the printing! Together, the books total over 2000 pages, with insanely detailed discographical information that also includes news on reissues or repressings, current values for many records, and lots of images, including many in beautiful color! There's never been a book like this – and the package, although expensive, is well worth it if you're the sort that spends a lot of time and money tracking down super-rare British records – especially since most of them usually run for a lot more than this two volume set. Super-heavy, hardcover, and way more detailed than the previous editions – almost double the content! Book
(Limited to 600 numbered copies.)

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Jeff KalissI Want To Take You Higher – The Life & Times Of Sly & The Family Stone (hardcover) ... Book
Back Beat, 2008. New Copy Book ... $5.99 24.95
The heady life and even hipper music of Sly Stone – told here by an author who managed to get Stone's participation on the project! The book focuses most strongly on Sly's rise to fame and key late 60s/early 70s years – a time when his records not only changed the face of soul music, but also had a pretty big influence on rock as well. Kaliss also follows Stone through some of his more obscure years, and captures him during his recent comeback moment, too – although we'll be the first to admit that the vintage bits are the most interesting. The book features introductions from Stone and George Clinton, plus a nice photo section in the middle. 210 pages, hardcover. Book

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Disco Patrick & Patrick VogtDisco – An Encyclopedic Guide To The Cover Art Of Disco Records ... Book
Soul Jazz (UK), New Copy ... Early October, 2014 (delayed)
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Buddy Esquire/Johan KugelbergBuddy Esquire – King Of The Hip Hop Flyer ... Book
Sinecure, New Copy ... Early June, 2014 (delayed)
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Mike EvansBlues – A Visual History – 100 Years Of Music That Changed The World ... Book
Sterling, New Copy ... Early November, 2014 (delayed)
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Jazz Next StandardJazz Next Standard – Fusion/Crossover (paperback) ... Book
Rittor (Japan), 2014. New Copy ... Early December, 2014
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New Cicily JanusNew Face Of Jazz – An Intimate Look At Today's Living Legends & The Artists Of Tomorrow ... Book
Billboard Books, 2010. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A great rundown of the bigger names in contemporary jazz, plus key up-and-coming musicians too – laid out in individual features that also include statements from each artist on their music! The book doesn't cover everyone, but the scope is quite large – with over 100 different entries running from Michael Abene to Miguel Zenon – with listings for David Weiss, Steve Turre, Luis Bonilla, Bobby Broom, Stefon Harris, Kurt Elling, Jeremy Pelt, and many more of our favorites. The overall approach is a bit scattered, but the book's more than worth it alone to hear these artists reflect on their lives and sounds. 338 pages, softcover, with some black and white images. Book
 
 
 



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