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Lots of well-priced bargains -- and a handful of essential discographies and album art books too!


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Rune Grammafon (Germany), 2014. New Copy
An essential reference for anyone interested in avant jazz – and the first book we've ever seen to really offer concrete information on the host of important independent labels that helped make the music so great! The volume offers up complete discographies for 60 different jazz indies ... Book
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Marion Boyars Publishers (UK), 2002. New Copy
A history of popular Brazilian music from Claus Schriener – a nice and very far reaching reference as well as a more personal view of the diverse, amazing wealth of great music to come from the country over many years! Schriener blends portraits of Brazil's most iconic musical figures as ... Book
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Duke University Press, 2002. New Copy
An amazing history of Japanese jazz, and another great testament to the impact jazz had on global cluture! The book covers the entire history of Japanese jazz, from the first wave in the dancehalls of the 1920s, to the amazing renaissance of the 60s and 70s. It's a well-paced, incredibly ... Book
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Back Beat, 2005. New Copy Book
Stevie Wonder's classic albums as guided though a musicians lens, rather than only the the prism of popular culture – put together by London based musician, columnist and author Steve Lodder – who has worked with Carla Bley, George Russell and Paul McCartney to name a few! The book ... Book
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Old School Rap & Hip Hop
AMG, 2008. New Copy
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 ... Book
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Thomas Dunne, 2012. New Copy
You've no doubt read plenty about the way the mafia penetrated the music industry in the 50s and 60s – from record pressing to distribution to artist management and beyond – but you'll be hard-pressed to read a more lively account than this one – the story of the legendary ... Book
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Continuum, 2008. New Copy
A well-penned essay on the classic album Shoot Out The Lights – the final record from the team of Richard & Linda Thompson, and a set that documents all the strain and tension in their relationship at the time! Author Hayden Childs really gets at the deep emotions that Richard Thompson ... Book
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Little Brown, 2012. New Copy
A seminal look at the American roots music by one of our favorite writers ever – a book that was penned decades ago, yet still stands as crucially important all these many years later! Peter Guaralnick's Lost Highway is essential reading for any fan of older blues, country, and R&B ... Book
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Backbeat Books, 2007. New Copy
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 ... Book
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Hal Leonard, 2010. New Copy Book & DVD
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! ... Book
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Crown, 2008. New Copy
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 ... Book
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Boo Hooray, 2014. New Copy
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 ... Book
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House Definitive 1974 to 2014
P-Vine (Japan), 2014. New Copy
The roots of house music and beyond – a mighty cool discography that does a special job of locating the music many years before it first exploded in Chicago and Detroit, then following it for many years after that, through a host of global scenes and styles! The publication is a discography, ... Book
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Rittor (Japan), 2013. New Copy
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 ... Book
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Independent Black Jazz Of America (paperback)
Rittor (Japan), 2014. New Copy Book
A really important book for any fan of American spiritual jazz of the 70s – a mixture of essays and discographies, with a focus on some of the best labels of the scene – including Strata East, Black Jazz, Tribe, Nimbus, and many others – plus some key entries from overseas as well! ... Book
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Japanese Jazz 1950s to 1980s (paperback)
Rittor (Japan), 2009. New Copy
An essential resource for fans of rare jazz albums – an ultra-cool discography that's done in the same style as other Japanese books on American music – but which focuses on rare bits from Japan! Like other volumes of this type, this one specially selects the coolest of the cool – ... Book
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Rittor (Japan), 2013. New Copy
Not just obscure sounds, but a host of rare records too – served up in this wonderful Japanese discography that will have you digging for lots of gems you've never heard before! The book is an ultra-cool guide to obscure records – and like other Japanese discographies, it's got plenty ... Book
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Aventine, 2014. New Copy
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 ... Book
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Island, 2009. New Copy
A tome to the legacy of Island Records – the pretty amazing journey of a record label that began with the goal of bringing reggae to the masses – and in it's heyday, grew to be home to some of the most creative artists in modern pop music of sprawlingly broad styles! From Bob Marley to ... Book
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Soul Jazz (UK), 2011. New Copy
Incredible images from one of the most legendary reggae labels ever – the mighty Studio One, home to decades of classic music, put together with equally-classic images on the record covers! The book is maybe even more of a treasure than some other album art books you'll find – because ... Book
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Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2013. New Copy
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 ... Book
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Harper, 2012. New Copy
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 ... Book
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Country Music Foundation, 2005. New Copy Book
Not the country music side of Nashville, but the city's rich heritage of soul and R&B – served up here in a beautiful book put together by the Country Music Hall Of Fame! That organization has always done great things for country – and here, they turn their special talents towards ... Book
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Soul Jazz (UK), 2014. New Copy
A stunning book of photographs to stand alongside the excellent album art books done by the Soul Jazz label – a treasure trove of hardly-seen images of some of the best underground musicians of the 60s and 70s – and a great antidote to the sorts of jazz books that are only just filled ... Book
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Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2006. New Copy
A great look at the important work of Columbia Records' John Hammond – one of the most important record producers of the 20th Century – and the man who's credited with bringing the work of Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, and many others into the spotlight. Many ... Book
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Duke University Press, 2009. New Copy
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 ... Book
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Soul Jazz (UK), 2012. New Copy Book
The most massive book of record art we've ever stocked – and a groundbreaking look at the art of reggae 45s, put together by the folks at Soul Jazz Records! Albums are usually featured in a book like this, but the authors do a great job of illustrating the diversity of 45 labels on the ... Book
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Lysergia, 2010. New Copy
The ultimate guide to freaky music – a print version of the excellent Acid Archives website – featuring a wealth of reviews, and album covers, band photos and notes on hundreds of rare psychedelia records! Compiler Patrick Lundborg, plus Aaron Milenski & Ron Moore go far beyond the ... Book
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Duke University Press, 2014. New Copy
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 – ... Book
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Soul Jazz (UK), 2012. New Copy Book
Amazing images galore – some classic covers from the Jamaican scene of the 60s and 70s, and lots more obscure images too – all presented in very vivid color, with a lot more clarity than any of the beat up original copies we have in our collection! The book really does full justice to ... Book
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McSweeneys Issue 27
McSweeneys, 2008. New Copy
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 ... Book
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Collins & Brown, 2012. New Copy Book
Vintage album covers from the 70s – all hand-picked by Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis – a company responsible for some of their own classic images back in the day! Powell does a great job with the package – and manages to go way beyond just Hipgnosis covers, to include a really wide-s ... Book
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Chronicle, 2007. New Copy
A really inspirational book based around the history of 20th Century design – put together with vivid pages that allow you to steal all the best ideas, and integrate them into your own work! The package spans the most important design decades of the century – and pulls together vivid ... Book
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Backbeat Books, 2001. New Copy
A really surprising survey of trumpeters in jazz – one that features big names like Miles Davis or Dizzy Gillespie, but which also features a huge number of overlooked players as well – each provided with their own entry and suggested bits for listening as well! To give you an idea of ... Book
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Chicago's Books, 2012. New Copy
We love our life in the Windy City – and spend most of our free time traversing Chicago's wide streets and many neighborhoods – but we've never got to see the city like this, with a range of oversized views from the air – including a fair bit of historical images as well! The ... Book
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Simon & Schuster, 2011. New Copy
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 ... Book
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New York University Press, Mid 20s/2009. New Copy
A wonderful look at the early work of Milt Gross – a cartoonist who was to the printed page what Mickey Katz was to records! Like Katz, Gross drew a lot of his humor from Yiddish culture – especially the clash between the old and the new in the community of New York's Jewish immigrants ... Book
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Fantagraphics, 2012. New Copy Book
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 ... Book
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Duke University Press, 2013. New Copy
A deep look at the firmly-rooted, if often obscured presence of African American music in some of the most legendary country music ever made, onward up to contemporary, post-millenium country's flirtation with hip hop. Edited by Diane Pecknold and featuring work by herself, and Michael Awkward, ... Book
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Norton/Kicks, 2014. New Copy
The prophetic poetry and prose of the one-and-only Sun Ra – and the first of a promised trilogy of unpublished predictions, prognostications and end-times visions from one of the most distinctive artists ever! If you're a fan of the cosmic jazz of Sun Ra, or even his earlier sci-fi doo ... Book
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Norton/Kicks, 2013. New Copy
Fanastic early work from hip lit figure and underground publishing pioneer Charles Plymell – whose friends and contemporaries include Beat legend and San Francisco housemate Allen Ginsberg and fellow Kansan William Burroughs – and while Charles Plymwell's name isn't quite as iconic, his ... Book
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Merrell, 2010. New Copy
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' ... Book
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Thames & Hudson (UK), 2003. New Copy
A beautiful collection of work from Brion Gysin – an artist best known for his famous collaborations with William S Burroughs, but a heck of a great creative talent in his own right too! The book features almost 200 illustrations in color – a range of great images that not only ... Book
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McSweeneys Issue 34
McSweeneys, 2010. New Copy
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 ... Book
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Damiani, 2013. New Copy Book
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 ... Book
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Galerie 213/RM (France), 2012. New Copy Book
Amazing images from the painter of the Bitches Brew album cover – the legendary Mati Klarwein – an artist with a very colorful style of painting nude bodies! Mati's artwork has graced many albums over the years – not just work from Miles Davis, but records by Buddy Miles, Jerry ... Book
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Cicada (UK), 2013. New Copy
A rich look at the British underground of the 80s – that great stretch of guitar-based work in the post-post-punk years – from labels like Creation, Rough Trade, and Cherry Red, with all the long-haired, fragile heart aesthetics of the C86 generation! The book features photos and other ... Book
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V2 (Netherlands), 2014. New Copy
Electronic music has deep roots in the US, but it also sprang strongly from the efforts of the Philips music company in the Netherlands – who devoted very early lab space to new electric sounds – and issued a fair bit of key recordings as well! This book is the first we've really seen ... Book
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Rockport, 2011. New Copy
A pretty sweet book about book cover design – with additional bits from magazines and catalogs as well – all wrapped up into a super-handsome volume in which every internal page is as striking as the cover! Choices were made by Altitude Associates – a creative design agency ... Book
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Soul Jazz (UK), 2013. New Copy
A really wonderful little book – way more than the usual record cover package, and instead a helpful tome that's full of historical details too! Punk 45 features life-sized replicas of a range of key punk 45s – pick sleeve singles and rare indie pressings, mixed with initial releases ... Book
 
Updated October 01, 2014


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