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Glen BaxterAlmost Completely Baxter – New & Selected Blurtings (hardcover) ... Book
New York Review Of Books, 2016. New Copy ... $6.99 22.95
A fantastic selection of images from the mad world of Glen Baxter – a cartoonist whose prominence was probably at its height in the 80s, but who's continued to give us great work for many more years! If you've never read Baxter, there's really nobody else like him – as he works in a pen style that often hearkens back to the late 19th and early 20th century – as does much of his subject matter – but he always puts in these little oddities and jokes that sometimes require a moment or two to notice! The single panel cartoons often border on the absurd, but they're rendered with a hand that's usually reserved for more serious magazine illustration – which creates this complexity in the presentation that only seems to heighten the joke. This edition is one of the most beautiful presentations of Baxter's material we've seen in years – a hardcover volume with a mixture of color and black and white pages – 147 pages in all, with a well-done cover too. Book
(Spine has a small remainder mark and very light shop wear around the corners.)

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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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